The Weather and Our Mood

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 18, 2020 and last updated on July 11, 2023

The topic of the weather and our mood serves as an engaging conversation topic for English learners, providing an opportunity to practice language skills while exploring a universal human experience. Engaging in discussions about this topic allows learners to describe and express their emotions, share personal experiences and discuss cultural differences in how weather affects mood. It enhances vocabulary related to weather conditions, emotions and expressions.

Moreover, conversations on the weather and our mood foster cultural awareness, empathy and the ability to communicate and connect with others on a relatable and personal level, ultimately improving English proficiency.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About The Weather and Our Mood

The weather has a profound impact on our mood and emotional well-being. From bright sunny days to gloomy rainy weather, our moods can shift accordingly. The connection between weather and mood is a fascinating topic that explores how environmental factors influence our emotions and behaviour. Scientific studies have shown that sunlight, temperature and seasonal changes can affect our mood, energy levels and overall mental health.

Understanding the relationship between the weather and our mood allows us to recognise and manage the effects of weather on our emotional state, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • as a result of (phrase)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • blame (verb)
  • take (somebody/something) for granted (phrase)
  • emotions (noun)
  • manage (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • How does different weather conditions, such as sunshine or rain, affect your mood?
  • Do you find yourself more productive and energetic on sunny days compared to cloudy or rainy days? Why?
  • Are there any specific weather conditions that make you feel particularly happy or sad? Why?
  • How do people in your culture typically respond to different types of weather?
  • Have you ever noticed a connection between the weather and the moods of people around you?
  • Are there any weather-related activities or hobbies that you enjoy and find uplifting?
  • Does the weather have a significant impact on our overall mood and mental well-being, or is it mainly influenced by other factors?
  • Should employers provide flexibility in work schedules or remote work options on days when the weather might affect employees' mood and productivity?
  • Can certain weather conditions, such as frequent rainy days, contribute to higher rates of depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?
  • Should cities and urban planners consider weather and its potential impact on mental health when designing public spaces and infrastructure?
  • Can embracing and finding joy in different weather conditions improve our overall resilience and emotional well-being?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.